Lump on neck: Should I worry just yet? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 5 Old 09-29-2016, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Lump on neck: Should I worry just yet?

Hello all. I was combing my Gelding's mane yesterday and noticed a lump about the diameter of a dime near his bridle path. I played with it and tried to spread the hair to look at it, his skin doesn't look any different on the lump (i.e. not scabby, reddened, rashy). It feels almost like a raised injection site or a giant mosquito bite, but a bit harder. It doesn't seem to bother him at all when I apply pressure or wiggle it around. He's not acting any different either.

I don't know that I'm ready to call the vet about this, but if I have to I will. What do you all think? I'm asking because I've never run into anything similar to this. If I need to get pictures I can, but it just looks like a raised bump on his skin.

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-29-2016, 03:48 PM
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It could be:

1. A warble.

2. Plain old bite from a spider or a bug.

3. A cyst of some type.

The vet would likely tell you to watch it for growth or change of shape. Ned also is it hard or soft/fleshy and moveable.

4. Those things generally are nothing but can sometimes be of serious concern.

If you have a vet visit scheduled soon, put it in your list. Otherwise unless you're showing, cut the hair around it, take a clear picture, and send along with a description:)
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Thank you Walk. I did plan on keeping an eye on it of course. Showing is done for the year, so I think I'll do your picture suggestion.

We had a vet visit recently... so that's not coming up... dang.

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Does it look anything like this?

We were really worried about this, but the vet said he just injured his muscle playing and it just healed dented.
It really could be anything, especially a bug bite.

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No GMA, it looks more like someone took marble and slid it under his skin. I didn't take any pics, I didn't have my phone on me. We did have a mare once though that healed a muscle on her butt after a slip just like the picture you posted.

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